Body and Handling

The a6300's body looks almost identical to the a6000, but those appearances are deceptive if you place the two side-by-side. The a6300 features more substantial-feeling magnesium alloy construction and is a fraction deeper than the older camera. It seems Sony has created a totally new set of tooling but tried to make it look as similar as possible.

The buttons risk being a little fiddly for anyone with large hands or fingers but, with the exception of the [REC] button, they're fairly sensibly positioned. The command dial on the top right shoulder of the camera is well positioned and well weighted, moving in precise steps with little chance of accidental rotation.

The dial on the rear face of the camera is much less impressive. It's one of the better examples of its type and can be moved the number of steps you require with only a slightly raised risk of over-turning or accidental rotation. However, it still requires you to reposition your right hand away from the shooting grip in order to make a change - something that shouldn't be necessary on a camera costing this much. The majority of its rivals, be they DSLR or mirrorless, have two dials accessible from the shooting position.

In the hand

The a6300's grip has been slightly redesigned, with a slight inset for fingertips on its inside edge. Other than that, it sits just as comfortably in the hand as the a6000 did. It may be small and light, but it's easy to get a good grip on.

Electronic Viewfinder

The a6300 has the same apparent viewfinder specification as many previous Sony cameras: a 2.36M-dot OLED panel with optics that give 1.07x magnification with a 50mm lens (which is equivalent to 0.7x in full frame terms). That's a pretty big finder.

There's an eye sensor just to the right of the finder, which means that the camera can automatically switch between the finder and the rear screen. There's also a fairly deep rubber hood around both, which does a good job of keeping stray light out (though glasses wearers will still have to shield the light coming in between their face and their glasses if the camera's -3 to +4m-1 diopter correction isn't sufficient to let them use the finder directly).

The big news, though, is the ability to run the finder at 120 frames per second, rather than the standard 60 fps.

Rear screen and Gamma Display Assist

The rear screen is a 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio panel featuring 920k dots, which usually means around 640 x 480 resolution.

Using a flat gamma curve such as S-Log2 or S-Log3 can leave the preview image looking very washed-out. Gamma Display Adjust gives you a corrected preview, so that the camera is more usable when using these modes.

The Gamma Display Assist setting is another feature cribbed from the a7S II. This allows the user to apply a gamma correction curve to the monitor when shooting with a very flat Picture Profile modes, meaning that you can shoot very low-contrast footage to give flexible results when post-processing, but get a meaningfully contrasty preview while you work.

Battery life

The a6300 uses the same NP-FW50 battery as used on previous E-mount cameras. The good news is that the battery life is slightly improved compared to the a6000.

The a6300 is rated as getting 400 shots per charge when using the rear screen and 350 when using the EVF (per CIPA standard testing). This is an appreciable step forward from the 360/310 figures the a6000 achieved.